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SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century

Sasak Sade Village

The Sasak, a predominantly Balinese ethnic group, makes up 85% of Lombok’s population. Lombok was previously a feudal state divided into small, ruling kingdoms that followed mixed belief systems such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism. By the 16th century, the majority of the Sasak converted to Islam, but maintained old religious practices—creating a uniquely Lombok blend of a Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist religion jointly called Wetu Telu.

On our #TripofWonders to the Island of Lombok, we paid an essential visit to one of the quaint cultural villages of the area. At Sade, the ancient weaving practices of the Sasak Tribe endure in the midst of Lombok’s touristic development. 

SASAK SADE CULTURAL VILLAGE
Rembitan, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83573, Indonesia

Entrance Fee:
IDR 10,000 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!

Padar Island

Celineism stands on one of the peaks of Padar Island overlooking the one of Indonesia’s most breathtaking vistas.

The Komodo National Park makes up 26 of the 17,508 islands of the Republic of Indonesia. Situated in the Lesser Sunda Islands between East and West Nusa Tenggara, the park covers 1,733KM squared of land and water. Established in 1980 then officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the Komodo National Park is home to countless aquatic species, coral, and the fearsome Komodo Dragon endemic to the area.

On our #TripofWonders with Indonesia.Travel, we visited 3 of Komodo’s largest islands and 3 of its most exquisite beaches. Komodo, Padar, Rinca are renowned for their scenic landscapes and trekking tours. Kelor, Kanawa, and Pink Beach, on the other hand, are held in high regard for their crystal waters and incredible snorkeling sites. We ventured into rugged landscapes, came face to face with Komodo dragons, and swam in the most biodiverse waters in the world—all in a span of 3 days!

If you want to experience #WonderfulIndonesia, it’s high time you make the Komodo Islands part of your bucket list! 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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Project Sursuroy: Ultimate South Cebu Tour! @HappyJuanderer

Happy Juanderer: Project Suroy-Suroy

Discover the Queen City of the South–beyond it's famed Sinulog Festival, century-old churches, majestic forts and mouthwatering lechon–through its unspoiled countryside!

Let's head down to the south for "Project Sursuroy", a one-stop tour of the whole of South Cebu! Get up close with the whale sharks in Oslob, swim with the sardine run at Moalboal, go on a canyoneering adventure in Badian, swim in the turquoise waters of Kawasan Falls, hike up to the highest point of Cebu island in Osmena Peak, or go island hopping around its pristine beaches…there's just so much adventure waiting ahead!

Project Sursuroy was first conceptualized by Happy Juanderer Travel Inc. The word "Sur" means south and "Suroy" in Ilokano means "wanderer". The owners started it as a regular travel agency, selling airline tickets and booking hotels, but later found their passion in being the tour operators themselves, allowing them to have fun and also monitor the quality of experience for their guests. At present, they have tours for Ilocos, Sagada, and the most popular, Cebu!

Here are our top 7 favorite picks to complete your South Cebu experience…

Happy Juanderer Travel Inc.
Website: http://www.happyjuanderer.com/
Mobile: +63917 799 9566
Landline: +6377 604 9721
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Facebook: happyjuanderer

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BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia

Dusun Bambu

BANDUNG, the capital of West Java, makes up one of the largest cities of Indonesia. Highly accessible by train from Jakarta, this weekend destination is heralded for its cultural hubs and factory outlets.

Bandoeng was previously a Dutch Colony. Its cool climate is attributed to its location on a river basin within a group of volcanic mountains. Due to its good weather and fertile soil, the Dutch established small communities and plantations in the area. The communities grew into municipalities and Bandung easily became the Parjis van Java (Paris of Java) with its luxurious hotels, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.

By 1945, Indonesia earned its independence and the city underwent rapid growth. Scenic landscapes turned into hectic cityscapes, and quaint houses grew into high-rise buildings. Yet, Bandung is one of the most loved cities by locals and creatives.

Here’s how to make the best of your Bandung Weekend….

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

Alila Seminyak

Bali’s beautiful Alila Seminyak combines luxury with sustainable practice. The resort boasts a sprawling beachside along the Indian Ocean, a 3-bedroom penthouse with a private infinity pool, chic deluxe and superior rooms, lavish comforts to ease the tired traveller.

Alila is committed to the social and environmental enrichment of the community they operate in. Utilizing environmentally sustainable practices as its foundation, the resort acquired one of the highest levels of certification from EarthCheck in the Best Practice Building and Planning and Design Standard development (BPDS).

All the while reducing their carbon footprint, Alila also financially supports two elementary schools (SD Negeri 1 and SD Negeri 2) by helping them build educational and creative facilities in Kerobokan, as well as provide shelter for 80 less fortunate children at Anak-Anak Harapan Children’s Home in Dalung.  

Making its grand opening this October, Alila Seminyak invited us for a five-star experience at one of the best resorts in Bali.

ALILA SEMINYAK
Jl. Taman Ganesha No.9, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Telephone:
+62 361 3021888
Email: 
[email protected]
Instagram: @AlilaSeminyak
Facebook: @AlilaSeminyak
Website: www.alilahotels.com/seminyak

 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!

Borobudur Sunrise

The majestic BOROBUDUR TEMPLE lies in the heart of CENTRAL JAVA. Its nine tiers overlook rolling hills and lush greenery that are best viewed at sunrise. Borobudur is only an hour’s drive away from Yogyakarta City, the center of education and traditional Javanese arts.

Built in the 9th century during the Sailendra Dynasty, this marvel boasted 2,672 bas-relief panels and 504 Buddha statues in its prime. And get this–no mortar or cement was used in the process. These massive structures were expertly “glued" together with interlocking volcanic stones. It's no surprise this temple is widely considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World! 

Related Blog Post: BOROBUDUR Sunrise Experience (The Largest Buddhist Temple in the World)

Here's my unforgettable experience at Borobudur… 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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RICO’s LECHON: “Da Best Gyud” Most Awesome Lechon in Cebu!

Cebu: Rico's

Eating Lechon is central to your Cebu experience! Dubbed as the “Lechon Capital” of the Philippines, Cebu prides itself in having perfected the art of roasting pigs, and in the tastiness and crispiness its lechon is known for.

We asked locals where we could find the best lechon and they all pointed us to Rico’s Lechon, pioneer of the famous Spicy Lechon. Owner Enrico Dionson likes to keep things simple–his roasted lechon is only seasoned with traditional herbs and spices and has always been since he opened the business in 1997.

Their slogan, “Da Best Gyud”, lives up to our expectations. Indeed, it’s a lechon worthy of being called the best in Cebu. The restaurant also likes to stay ahead by adding Pinoy favorites to the menu other than lechon.

Here’s what we liked at Rico’s…

Rico’s Lechon – Mabolo Branch
F. Cabahug St, Cebu City, Cebu
Telephone: (032) 260-2443
Mobile: +63927-352-2078
Restaurant Hours:
• Monday- Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm
Facebook: @RicosLechonOFFICIAL
Instagram: @RicosLechonOfficial
Twitter: @dabestgyud
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://ricoslechon.com/

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OSAKA Travel Guide: Lessons from our DIY Family Food & Pokemon Trip in Osaka with #KaraksaHotels

Related Post: KYOTO Travel: Lessons from our DIY Familymoon Trip to Kyoto with #KaraksaHotels

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I always look forward to traveling with our four boys aged 11, 8, 6, and 2 with no yaya. It was their second time traveling to Japan but the first time traveling to the Kansai regions of Osaka and Kyoto. 

We didn’t join any organized tours on this trip–we had a Do-It-Yourself itinerary of the best places in Osaka and Kyoto that we thought the kids would enjoy. Thanks to Karaksa Hotels for our plane, accommodations, and transfers, and to Bryan Tiu for the awesome foodie tips around Osaka!

Here are our learnings on our best discoveries during the trip, and travel tips when traveling to Japan with your family…

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KYOTO Travel Guide: Lessons from our DIY Familymoon Trip to Kyoto with #KaraksaHotels

Related Post: OSAKA Travel: Lessons from our DIY Family Food & Pokemon Trip in Osaka with #KaraksaHotels 

360 Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

Went on a honeymoon with my wife to Kyoto in 2004 and after 12 years, we were finally able to go back–for a familymoon this time with all our four boys! 

With Karaksa Hotel Kyoto as our home base, we navigated the trains to reach Kyoto and created our own itinerary to explore this cultural city of Japan.

Here are our learnings on our best discoveries during the trip, and travel tips when traveling to Kyoto from Osaka with your family…

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ROMBLON: 8 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Romblon!

Welcome to ROMBLON! The Marble Capital of the Philippines,  home to the “Galapagos of Asia” (Sibuyan) and the cleanest river in the Country.

Romblon is composed of three major islands that one must visit–Romblon Town, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island.

The province’s marble is comparable to the world’s best. Trade plays a big role in Romblon’s economy by virtue of its location at the center of the archipelago.

The islands are blessed with natural playgrounds such as beaches, rivers, mountains, and diverse eco-systems, which offer tourists many opportunities for adventures like scuba, trekking, and snorkeling.

Here’s Team OAP’s Top 8 favorites in their Romblon adventure…

Awesome Romblon Series 2016

 

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